Specialized Scholarship Aids Children of Enlisted Navy Medical Personnel

Alexandria, VA – The FRA Education Foundation is proud to offer a special scholarship for children of enlisted Navy medical personnel. The Colonel Hazel Elizabeth Benn Scholarship Fund provides a $2,000 scholarship to an unmarried, dependent child of those who have served or are now serving in the United States Navy as enlisted medical personnel with the U.S. Marine Corps. The Benn Scholarship is available to qualified applicants entering their freshman or sophomore year of college and the deadline to apply for this and other scholarships administered by the Foundation is April 15, 2012.
The Benn Scholarship is one of several administered by the FRA Education Foundation and was established by Benn’s estate to honor the memory of one of the first active-duty female Marines selected for the permanent rank of colonel. Benn led the Educational Services Branch of the Marine Corps and worked tirelessly to increase the potential for Marine Corps personnel to pursue college degrees.
“Colonel Benn was very specific in her wishes for the establishment of this scholarship and the FRA Education Foundation is proud to honor those wishes,” said Joe Barnes, National Executive Director of the Fleet Reserve Association and a member of the FRA Education Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Thanks to the generosity of Colonel Benn and others, the Foundation’s scholarship program continues to recognize excellence in the classroom as well as students’ active involvement in their school and community,”
The Benn scholarship is open to children of all Navy enlisted medical personnel who’ve served or are serving with the Marine Corps, regardless of their affiliation with the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA). Other Foundation scholarships are available to anyone affiliated with the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, either through their own service or that of a spouse, parent or grandparent. FRA Education Foundation scholarships are funded through private donations, established trusts and corporate sponsorships, and recipients are selected based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities.
Applications for the Benn and other FRA Education Foundation scholarships are available at www.fra.org/foundation and contributions in support of Foundation scholarships are always welcome.